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Sen. Marty Golden announces new state laws to protect public health to take effect in January

December 28, 2016 From Sen. Marty Golden's Office
State Sen. Marty Golden. Eagle file photo by John Alexander
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State Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) announced numerous pieces of legislation he supported on Tuesday that are set to become New York state law in January designed to improve public health.

Golden is highlighting the state’s continued effort to tackle the heroin and opioid addiction crisis, improve women’s health, provide better insurance protections for children and encourage organ donations.

Golden stated, “I am proud to have supported important pieces of legislation this session that will become law next week that will surely benefit the public health of New Yorkers. This year, we have worked to improve opportunities available to care for our citizens at many levels, and our families are better for these efforts.

“At so many levels, for substance abusers seeking help, for New York’s newborn children, for those in need of a transplant and for those who need to get tested, we have made a positive impact.  I am confident that these new laws collectively will save many lives,” continued Golden.

Addressing Heroin and Opioid Addiction:

S. 8139 (Chapter 74) will end the need for prior insurance authorization for immediate access to inpatient treatment services.

S. 8137 (Chapter 69) will require insurance coverage, without prior authorization, to allow for an emergency five-day supply of medication for treating a substance use disorder when emergency conditions exist. This legislation will also expand access to Naloxone by requiring insurance coverage for the overdose reversal medication, whether it is prescribed to a person who is addicted to opioids, or their family member covered under the same insurance plan.

Access to Breast Cancer Screenings:

S. 8903 (Chapter 74) to take effect in January further encourages access to regular screenings and early detection, by allowing New York City public employees to take up to four hours of excused leave for a breast
cancer screening.

Children’s Health Insurance Coverage:

S. 6241A (Chapter 72) to take effect in January, a new law that updates the state’s Public Health Law to ensure newborns are covered retroactively under the Child Health Plus program. Currently, newborns are not eligible for the CHP program for up to 30 days after enrollment. This law will allow newborns to be covered from their day of birth.

Encouraging Organ Donations:

S. 6952A (Chapter 40) to take effect on Jan. 1, will offer all applicants for health insurance offered through the state health benefit exchange an opportunity during the application process to register for the Donate Life Registry for organ, eye and tissue donations.

Golden is a member of the Senate Health Committee.

— Information from Sen. Golden’s office


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